Hey guys, just wanted to share comments about The Pop-up Museum of Queer History. It was great to be able to see a nationally know art exhibit at the Bloomington LGBTSSS center. The mission statement/ what we do made a really good point,

       “The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is a grassroots organization that transforms spaces into temporary installations dedicated to celebrating the rich, long, and largely unknown histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We believe that our community – and especially our youth – deserve to know our history. If you don’t know you have a past, how can you believe you have a future?

I feel that this exhibit has something to offer for everyone. Knowing your past is half the battle, and there are people out there that won’t give recognition to a group if they don’t understand them. This artwork and information broadened my knowledge of LGBTQ history, most especially in relation to the present.

Of all of the artwork there I was most intrigued by the lesbian pulp fiction art/literature. It was something that I had never seen before. After doing some research about the history I was curious to find that the pulp was originally marketed toward men as erotic fantasy. Women also bought the literature, but it was seen as far more scandalous. Personally, when I shop for books the cover and it’s artwork is 80% of the reason that I want to buy it. The provocative catch phrases and images made me think of the artwork as a statement against patriarchal influence while also attracting those very men as part of the reader base for said literature.

In comparison to present day literature, my favorite female author Laurell K Hamilton has similar cover art that echos lesbian pulp in a fashion. It is interesting to see that literature and art that was “taboo” in it’s time, is now a more socially acceptable as covers for reading material. Here are a few of Hamilton’s book covers to compare (visually) to the pulp cover art.

On another note, i found this awesome picture of Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party and thought the class would get a kick out of it.

-Sarah Klapperich